The Dream by Winston S. Churchill. Published by the Churchill Literary Foundation, Churchill College Cambridge, 1987. Limited Edition of 500 copies this being no. 134. First publication of The Dream as a single volume. Introduction by Richard Langworth. 8vo up to 9½” tall. Padded red leather boards; gilt paneled front with Churchill’s signature in gilt below the foundation’s blind-stamp; gilt spine titles; all edges gilt, red silk endpapers with matching red silk reading ribbon. Printed on ivory acid-free archival paper. Color painting of Churchill by Sal Asaro commissioned specifically for this edition. Contents are in pristine condition. A few tiny cracks and fissures to front joint, minimal rubbing to tail of spine and otherwise boards are fine; binding is tight and square. Laid in are various documents of the International Churchill Society: minutes of meetings, postcards; correspondence and original letter to subscriber of this volume who was a board member of the Society.
In 1947, Winston Churchill age 73, penned a story of his recent ‘encounter’ while working on a painting of his father who had died in 1895 when Winston was 20 years old. “I was just trying to give the twirl to his moustache when I suddenly felt an odd sensation. I turned round with my palette in my hand, and there, sitting in my red leather upright armchair, was my father. I could hardly believe my eyes. I felt no alarm, but I thought I would stand where I was and go no nearer.” The Dream is a fascinating and intimate peek into Winston Churchill. It was first published in The Sunday Telegraph in January 1966 a year after Churchill’s death and was subsequently included in The Collected Essays of Sir Winston Churchill (1976).